Marin Country Day School is looking for a development team member with excellent social skills, who displays strong cultural competence, is flexible, positive, adaptable, adept at customer service, maintains calm under pressure, and is an excellent team player. Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of three years of work experience, excellent verbal and written communication skills, high attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, dynamic office and school environment. Experience with children, parents, volunteers and independent school culture is a bonus.
About Marin Country Day School
MCDS School is an independent, K-8, co-educational day school enrolling approximately 590 students from across the Bay area, drawing equally from San Francisco and Marin. Our mission states:
Our school is a community that
Inspires children to develop a love of learning, thoughtful perspectives and a diversity of skills;
Nurtures in each of them a deep sense of respect, responsibility and compassion; and
Challenges them to envision and to work toward a better world.
We actively seek diversity in our administration, faculty and student body. As a school, we affirm that human diversity includes, but is not limited to: age, family structure, gender, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, and learning style. As our Statement of Community and Inclusion indicates, “Ours is a Community that would be uncomfortable without diversity and, therefore, has been intentional about creating and nurturing a diverse group of adults and children who share the core values of respect, responsibility and compassion.”
At MCDS, every employee is integral in creating a learning community in which all seek to improve as practitioners, learners and team members, and we support our outstanding faculty and professional staff through our strong professional development program.
Annual Giving Principal Responsibilities:
Develops overall strategy and interface with major campaigns and major gift efforts. For each constituent annual fund, develops goals and strategies, oversees development of design concept and develops content of solicitation brochures and manages their production. Drafts solicitation letters, e-mail communications to community, individual follow-up letters, etc.
Manages all aspects of the Annual Fund for current parents, grandparents, and friends/former parents to maximize dollars and participation, including:
Establishes targets and strategically assigns calls
Solicit specific Annual Fund gifts
Supervises production of support materials for committee; organizes kickoff events
Analyzes data to develop monthly Annual Fund reports for Board
Produces solicitation materials, drafts solicitation and acknowledgment letters
Oversees Database Manager in gift/pledge processing, acknowledgment functions, and pledge reminder execution
Prepares speakers, materials and agendas for MCDS 101
Recruits and manages volunteer solicitors and plans committee recognition
Conducts annual Faculty/Staff Fund with faculty and staff representatives to maximize participation.
Alumni Relations Principal Responsibilities:
Plans and manages all alumni cultivation events, including 8th Grade breakfast, Tim Hall concert, reunion activities (both local and elsewhere).
Manages and grows our Alumni participation in Annual Giving, plus identifies and develops cultivation strategies for alumni capable of leadership support.
Defines and helps implement ways of involving alumni in the life of the school with the goal of increasing alumni visibility and direct contact with students and teachers.
Develops an overall strategy for alumni communications with the Director of Communications. Produces web content (e.g. mcdsdoxseries, profiles for the Kite). Partners with the Database Manager and Event support to create a social media presence for alumni (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin)
Designs and updates a rolling three-year Alumni Strategic Plan with the Director of Development.
Manages former Faculty Ambassador volunteers, providing direction to deepen the connection with our alumni
Helps maintain and collect archival materials and photos for historical use.
Oversees day-to-day activities of Alumni Office including correspondence and inquiries
General Development Responsibilities:
Conducts prospect research activities in conjunction with annual giving, campaign, and restricted gifts initiatives.
Serve on Board of Trustees Committees as assigned.
Participates in such other Development Office activities as goal setting, calendar planning, volunteer identification and development, donor relations, cultivation and stewardship activities, proof-reading, database updates, etc.
Collaborate with the Director of Development on producing the Annual Report, including proofreading and brochure design.
Assisting with fundraising and cultivation events, as needed.
Educates self on the philosophy and programs of the school; stays informed regarding regulations and legislation regarding fundraising and reporting standards.
Understands and supports the MCDS mission and philosophy
Models nondiscriminatory practices in all activities
Displays knowledge of and administers school policies, procedures and practices
Maintains confidentiality of student, family and personal information
Develops relationships with current and prospective MCDS families
Robust professional development program
Faculty and Staff of Color Affinity Group called Fusion
Active SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) group
Strong and supportive professional community with a growth mindset
MCDS is an equal opportunity employer and promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. Compensation is competitive
Experience working in a Development office
Experience with databases, PC & Mac operating systems, Google Docs, Gmail, Microsoft Office programs
Satisfactory TB risk assessment
Clear Criminal History Background Check
Must be available some evenings and weekends
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs occasionally
About Marin Country Day School
Marin Country Day School is an independent K-8 coed day school enrolling 590 students at a 35-acre campus in Corte Madera, California. Our school's mission, underscored by our core values of respect, responsibility and compassion, asks children to become skilled learners and ethical human beings, motivated to make a difference in the world.
Founded in 1956 by an adventurous group of parents and educators who believed that learning is a joyous and lifelong process, MCDS provides a distinguished education based on distinctive values, aspirations and practices. Students at MCDS enjoy the benefits of innovative teaching, enhanced understanding of how children learn, tools for clear and creative expression and an increasingly diverse student body.
Our rich and well-considered core curriculum includes a rigorous grounding in traditional academic disciplines: English, Spanish, mathematics, science and social studies. Art, athletics, drama, music and outdoor education are integral parts of the program. In addition, Aikido/Energy Time, developmental physical education and age-appropriate curricula covering nutrition, human sexuality and substance abuse promote health and wellness.
We strive as well to prepare our students to participate thoughtfully and meaningfully in the changing world of the 21st century, and to give them flexible skill sets that will serve them in a world that is more competitive and technologically integrated. Woven into the program are initiatives promoting ecoliteracy, global awareness and engagement and facility in the use of technology. Ongoing review of the core program assures that the curriculum is dynamic, incorporates current pedagogy and best practices, and is well-aligned through the nine grade levels.